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Default Suggestions on a new keyboard - 08-14-2014, 14:28 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

Hello all.

I just ordered myself a new mouse (kon xtd by roccat.. Came with a free mouse pad so figured what the hell.)

And then it dawned on me that id like to replace an aging logitch g11 keyboard.
Ive had it for so long now that Im pretty out of the loop as far as what type/brand I should be looking for.

Id be interested to hear some suggestions prior to making a purchase.
I dont really have a color scheme or anything to follow, and dont need the extra macro keys like ths g11 has (id rather it be smaller so it takes up less room on my keyboard tray)

Oh, and price is flexible. For the right keyboard, ill spend the $
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 15:33 | posts: 2,672 | Location: Tokyo

Do you prefer mechanical switches? If not, I do suggest just a plain logitech K800 since its wireless and has a backlight (with pretty decent battery life). I use it in BF4 and haven't really experienced any jamming or delays so FPS games should in general be fine unless you have very high demands. It is really a no frills keyboard with just the basic media keys accessed through a laptop style FN + F button scheme. I can type up to ~120 WPM (my fastest) on it so, at least for me, it's a very comfortable keyboard to use. I think they also have a new one with a touchpad on the side if you also use your PC as a HTPC. I personally really dislike the looks of gaming keyboards so I steer pretty clear of them and try to look for something that's a bit more minimalist.
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 15:40 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

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Do you prefer mechanical switches? If not, I do suggest just a plain logitech K800 since its wireless and has a backlight (with pretty decent battery life). I use it in BF4 and haven't really experienced any jamming or delays so FPS games should in general be fine unless you have very high demands. It is really a no frills keyboard with just the basic media keys accessed through a laptop style FN + F button scheme. I can type up to ~120 WPM (my fastest) on it so, at least for me, it's a very comfortable keyboard to use. I think they also have a new one with a touchpad on the side if you also use your PC as a HTPC. I personally really dislike the looks of gaming keyboards so I steer pretty clear of them and try to look for something that's a bit more minimalist.
Thanks for your input.

I wouldn't be opposed to wireless keyboard, however its not really a requirement as I won't be moving it.. it will stick by my desktop exclusively.

Also, forgot to mention, I'd like for it to have a USB port, at least one, just for quick access for a mouse or usb drive.

I wouldn't mind trying a mechanical keyboard.. it seems like there are plenty of options these days. If I did get one though, I'd like for it to be as quiet as possible. Actually, whichever keyboard I get, silence is important (as my rig is built to run VERY quiet, which is it )
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 15:51 | posts: 2,672 | Location: Tokyo

I think there aren't many options with USB ports built in, but the G710 seems to be a good fit as it does have the USB passthrough in addition to Cherry Brown switches (more quiet). Seems to have fairly good reviews on Amazon too. I personally just like the freedom wireless allows as I sometimes have to move my keyboard for books or if I'm watching a movie in the room I like to sit further back.

Razer's Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth (long name), is also quiet with Razer's own orange switches. It is however, a bit more expensive. I believe most of Razer's keyboards do have passthrough. I however, do not trust their reliability after seeing their mouse and keyboards fail relatively quickly with my friends.
http://www.amazon.com/Razer-BlackWid...timate+stealth

G710
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Mecha...&keywords=g710

Edit: Also found Corsair makes the K70 with brown switches. Seems to look the least "gamer" themed if you care about that.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengea...ds=corsair+k70

Also, I suggest you try to visit a hardware store or at least order from somewhere where you can easily replace the keyboards if you don't like them. This is because the switch from rubber dome to mechanical... is pretty big.

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Default 08-14-2014, 15:58 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

Thank you for your suggestions snip3r
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 16:47 | posts: 308 | Location: Australia

Please do yourself a Favor and avoid the the Corsair K70 or K95 have had to RMA each more than a couple of times.And if you look at there forums its non stop issues last time i checked.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium have purchased 3 and the oldest one a year and some months is still going strong no issues at all.
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/...px?pid=4179#ov

Any Mechanical Keyboard by Ducky only ever had the chance to try them
but from Friends experiences there great for the money.

My advice would be find a Mechanical Keyboard you like the looks of and do some research to see how reliable and long its lasts or any issues it has then just buy it.Its all personal preference so just go to your preferred store and look.

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Default 08-14-2014, 17:38 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

Good to hear that the gigabyte aivia is a solid option. I like the look of it as its not too flashy and is a bit smaller than the g11.

Ill read up a bit on these and see what I decide on. Thanks guys!
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 18:00 | posts: 36

I'm thinking about the upcoming Corsair K70 with RGB LEDs

h t t p : / / w w w . corsair.com/en-gb/landing/k70-rgb (sorry can't post link yet, silly)

Unfortunately previous versions apparently were quite faulty... I really hope they addressed the problem with this new release, well I am going to buy it anyway

Have a look
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 22:27 | posts: 9,303 | Location: Toledo

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I'm thinking about the upcoming Corsair K70 with RGB LEDs

h t t p : / / w w w . corsair.com/en-gb/landing/k70-rgb (sorry can't post link yet, silly)

Unfortunately previous versions apparently were quite faulty... I really hope they addressed the problem with this new release, well I am going to buy it anyway

Have a look
What do you mean previous versions? I've had my K70R for a year now and everything is still fine. All LED's work.
   
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What do you mean previous versions? I've had my K70R for a year now and everything is still fine. All LED's work.
I am talking about their upcoming RGB version, where LEDs can be set to any color from 16.7mln palette.
   
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Default 08-14-2014, 23:29 | posts: 9,303 | Location: Toledo

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I am talking about their upcoming RGB version, where LEDs can be set to any color from 16.7mln palette.
I know, but I thought none of those versions were out yet. So how could they have been faulty?
   
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I know, but I thought none of those versions were out yet. So how could they have been faulty?
I did write "previous versions" by which I meant the single color LED which is available.
   
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Default 08-15-2014, 00:26 | posts: 9,303 | Location: Toledo

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I did write "previous versions" by which I meant the single color LED which is available.
Then what was lost in translation? That's exactly what I asked you in the first place. Since I've had the single LED version (red) for a year now with no issues. And I'm not just going off my personal example. As far as I know, only the really early batches had problems with LED's going out.

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Default 08-15-2014, 00:31 | posts: 242 | Location: New Zealand

+1 for Corsair K70. Excellent, well made keyboard that I absolutely love. Also has the USB port on it you want.
   
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I know, but I thought none of those versions were out yet. So how could they have been faulty?
Engineering samples ?
   
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Default 08-15-2014, 01:12 | posts: 26,804 | Location: Hampshire, UK

Logitech G710+ is the only keyboard that has everything I want from a keyboard. Worth checking out.
   
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Default 08-15-2014, 01:16 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

I elected to go for the gigabyte aivia as NCIX has the white led/brown key version on sale WITH free shipping.

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Logitech G710+ is the only keyboard that has everything I want from a keyboard. Worth checking out.
You sure have some specific preferences then
   
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You sure have some specific preferences then
yep... I wanted:
  • brown switches (the dampening rings are a bonus)
  • macro keys on the left side of the keyboard (not above the F keys)
  • multiple profiles
  • multimedia buttons
  • volume rocker (redundant now I have a Aune T1, but at the time it was important)
  • wrist rest
  • ideally, it was going to be a Logitech board, as it saves me installing another piece of software on my rig (not a must, but a nice bonus)

so yeah, call me quirky, but I wanted all of the above, regardless of the price (paid 166 for my 710+). It was the only keyboard that had all of the above so it was the only option. When you pay that money for a keyboard, it would be stupid to settle for less then perfection. I'm happy with my purchase, it's a great board and I have no shame recommending it to everyone out there, especially at the sale prices they have been at recently.

I don't think there's a keyboard out there that has it all, apart from the 710+. If I needed to replace mine, I'd go 710+ again.

The Avia above would be a 100% no go for me, personally, because the macro keys would be unusable for me.

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I am looking to order this keyboard tomorrow.
Thoughts?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20140814162821
what key switch type(s) should I be looking at, a bit lost

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Default 08-15-2014, 02:05 | posts: 26,804 | Location: Hampshire, UK

good choice my friend, if you don't need macro keys. Red switches are great for gaming, linear travel and quiet, the lightest switch on the market. What are you using now?
   
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saitek eclipse 3.
cant stand the shortcut keys on the left and right side. very annoying
   
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Default 08-15-2014, 02:28 | posts: 5,750 | Location: BC, Canada

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The Avia above would be a 100% no go for me, personally, because the macro keys would be unusable for me.
Yeh see on my G11 right now I have a whopping 18 macro keys on the left side. And I use NONE of them lol

I'd prefer to just minimize and for me I like that the macro buttons are not on the side (like the Logitech are) and are above the function keys since I probably will not use them.

Guess this is why its great that we have variety with our tech
   
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Default 08-15-2014, 02:58 | posts: 26,804 | Location: Hampshire, UK

My point exactly, to each their own. Tommy, get rid of that Saitek and go mechanical. You won't look back.
   
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yep... I wanted:
  • brown switches (the dampening rings are a bonus)
  • macro keys on the left side of the keyboard (not above the F keys)
  • multiple profiles
  • multimedia buttons
  • volume rocker (redundant now I have a Aune T1, but at the time it was important)
  • wrist rest
  • ideally, it was going to be a Logitech board, as it saves me installing another piece of software on my rig (not a must, but a nice bonus)

so yeah, call me quirky, but I wanted all of the above, regardless of the price (paid 166 for my 710+). It was the only keyboard that had all of the above so it was the only option. When you pay that money for a keyboard, it would be stupid to settle for less then perfection. I'm happy with my purchase, it's a great board and I have no shame recommending it to everyone out there, especially at the sale prices they have been at recently.

I don't think there's a keyboard out there that has it all, apart from the 710+. If I needed to replace mine, I'd go 710+ again.

The Avia above would be a 100% no go for me, personally, because the macro keys would be unusable for me.
The Corsair K90 has pretty much identical features, and there are other boards out there that are also nearly identical. That was my point. I'm not saying it's not a good board, but there are plenty that provide exactly those features
   
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